Land & Water Conservation Fund Applications open through May 30, 2019

Attention County Judge Executives and Mayors within the Lake Cumberland Area Development District:  
The Kentucky Department for Local Government is accepting Land & Water Conservation Fund applications through May 30, 2019. County and city governments are eligible to apply for grant funds to help finance a variety of public outdoor recreational facilities, such as campgrounds, picnic areas, sports and playfields, swimming, boating, and fishing facilities, trails, natural areas, passive parks and more. The Land & Water Conservation Fund is a matching reimbursement program.
For more specific information about the Land & Water Conservation Fund, please visit the Kentucky Department for Local Government.
LCADD’s Community and Economic Development Department staff is available to assist county and city governments with Land & Water Conservation Fund applications. Please contact Judy Keltner at 270-866-4200 to discuss your project ideas and to determine their eligibility under the Land & Water Conservation program.

Lake Cumberland Brownfields Committee Meeting Scheduled for January 30, 2019

The Lake Cumberland Brownfields Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 beginning at 11:30 a.m. central time. The meeting will be held in the conference room of the Lake Cumberland Area Development District located at 2384 Lakeway Drive in Russell Springs, Kentucky.

The purpose of this meeting is to approve properties for environmental assessments. The public is invited to attend. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by contacting Chari Bennett at 270-866-4200 or If you are unable to attend in person, you may join the meeting online at

If you wish to nominate a property or properties for assessment, please be prepared to give a brief (five minute) presentation about the property’s past use, current condition and future redevelopment plans so the committee can rank the site. Feel free to bring maps, photographs and any information you think will be beneficial.

Property owners must be willing to participate in the Brownfields program and sign a site access agreement prior to assessment. If the owner has given verbal consent, the committee can approve the property contingent upon receiving written authorization. Due to grant received from the USEPA, LCADD is able to provide these assessments at no cost to the property owners. Additional sites will be approved for assessment at future meetings as funding allows.

If you have any questions about the Brownfields program, please contact Chari Bennett at 270-866-4200 or

Click here to learn more about the Brownfields Program.

Lake Cumberland Brownfields Committee Meeting Scheduled for October 24, 2018

The first Lake Cumberland Brownfields Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 beginning at 11:30 a.m. central time. The meeting will be held at the Lake Cumberland Area Development District located at 2384 Lakeway Drive in Russell Springs, Kentucky. 
Brownfields experts in attendance will include: Derek Street, EPA Region 4 Physical Scientist; Herb Petitjean, Kentucky Brownfield Program Coordinator;  Elizabeth McNulty, Environmental Education Specialist with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet; and Robert Perkins with Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions. These knowledgeable and experienced panelists are sure to make this a valuable and informative meeting.    
The public is encouraged to attend and learn how the Brownfields Program can benefit their community. Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP by contacting Chari Bennett at 270-866-4200 or  
If you are unable to attend in person, you may view the meeting from your PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android at:

Click here for additional information about the Brownfields Program.

LCADD Seeks Assistance in Developing Comprehensive Inventory of Brownfields Properties

The Lake Cumberland Area Development District (LCADD) was recently awarded a $300,000 EPA Brownfields Assessment grant. This grant will be used to develop an inventory of potential brownfield sites, conduct Phase I environmental assessments, Phase II assessments as needed, and create remediation plans. Please see our educational brochure for more information about Brownfields: What Are Brownfields?
LCADD’s  first step to implement this grant is the development of a comprehensive inventory of all Brownfield properties located in our 10 county district. Your assistance is needed to identify potential Brownfields in your county. Please complete the Brownfield Property Nomination Form to nominate a property or properties for inclusion in the Brownfield inventory. It is not necessary to own or have any affiliation with a property to nominate it as a potential Brownfield.  Forms may be mailed to Chari Bennett, P.O. Box 1570, Russell Springs, KY 42642 or e-mailed to If you have questions, please contact Chari at 270-866-4200.

Hazard Mitigation Plan Annual Maintenance Meeting Scheduled for June 26

The Lake Cumberland Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan annual maintenance meeting will be conducted on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. central time at the Lake Cumberland Area Development District, located at 2384 Lakeway Drive in Russell Springs.

The meeting offers an opportunity for jurisdictions to make additions and/or provide updates to the current Hazard Mitigation Plan, which can be viewed at  

The geographic scope of the Lake Cumberland Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan includes 14 incorporated cities and all unincorporated land within Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Pulaski, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne counties.

The Plan, which is submitted to FEMA for approval every five years, forms the foundation for long-term strategies to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction and repeated damage.

For more information, contact Chari Bennett at or 270-866-4200.

LCADD Receives $300,000 U. S. EPA Brownfields Grant

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 26, 2018) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today it has selected the Lake Cumberland Area Development District to receive a $300,000 community-wide Brownfield Assessment Grant. The EPA selects recipients every year to receive funding for brownfield site revitalization. This helps local governments identify and redevelop vacant and unused properties, transforming communities and local economies.
Funds from the Lake Cumberland Area Development District’s community-wide hazardous substances and petroleum grant will be used to assess brownfield sites in McCreary and Wayne counties, two of the 10 south-central counties served by the district. Grant funds also will be used to update a brownfields inventory and support community outreach activities. Read more

Scams Covered During Regional Elder Abuse Council Meeting

Lee Smith with the Russell County Sheriff’s Department was the guest speaker at today’s Regional Elder Abuse Council Meeting held at the Lake Cumberland Area Development District in Russell Springs. Smith presented information about the different types of scams that are currently occurring within the region. He said scammers often target senior citizens who are among the most vulnerable in our communities.

 The Regional Elder Abuse Council is made up of community partners from the region who come together to form a coordinated multidisciplinary response to elder maltreatment, defined as the abuse, neglect and exploitation of the elder population.

One of the goals of the Council is to address issues of prevention, intervention, and agency coordination of services on a state and local level through interaction with local groups or entities that directly or indirectly provide services to the elderly.
 The Council meets quarterly at the Lake Cumberland Area Development District. For more information, contact Mandy Weston, Ombudsman, at 270-866-4200.

LCADD Celebrates Retirements of Two Employees 

During a meeting held on April 20, 2018 for our senior center directors, LCADD Executive Director Darryl McGaha thanked Cathe Haynes (left), Pulaski County Senior Center Director, and Mitzi Hay (right), Taylor County Senior Center Director, for their many years of service to the agency and congratulated them on their upcoming retirements. Cathe will retire on June 1, 2018 and Mitzi will retire on August 1, 2018. Congratulations to both!

Public Hearing Reviews LCAAAIL's Regional Plan

Staff from the Lake Cumberland Area Agency on Aging & Independent Living (LCAAAIL) conducted a public hearing on March 21, 2018 to review the 2019-2021 regional area plan. Claude Tiller, Aging Council Chairman, and Gwen Landis, Co-Director LCAAAIL Aging Division, shared information about the plan during the hearing, which was held at the Russell County Senior Center in Russell Springs, KY.

Mark Your Calendar for these Upcoming Events at the Russell County Senior Center

The Russell County Senior Center has planned the following events in April and June:

April 27, 2018 -- Community Hospice Day -- 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Russell County Senior Center. This event is open to all senior citizens and to any agency that works with the elderly. There will be a free pancake breakfast, along with a meet and greet session with Hospice staff. Hospice staff will also share information about their current assistance programs.

June 5, 2018 -- Senior Citizen Fair at the Russell County Public Library in Jamestown. The Russell County Senior Center will participate in the first senior citizen’s day. Seniors from the center will tour the library and enjoy lunch. (Please sign up at the Russell County Senior Center to participate in this event).

June 15, 2018 -- World Elder Abuse Awareness Day -- 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Russell County Senior Center. A member of the Elder Abuse Council will speak to spread elder abuse awareness during this health fair event. A number of agencies specializing in elder services will also have booths and be available to meet and share information with seniors during the event.

For more information, contact Cristy Cundiff at 270-866-2899.

Register Now for Water and Wastewater Operator Continuing Education Training

On April 10, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. central time, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership and the Lake Cumberland Area Development District will offer a Water and Wastewater Operator Continuing Education training program. Topics on the agenda include: Succession Planning for Drinking Water and Wastewater Operators; Developing Capacity through Preventative Maintenance; Source Water Protection; Water System Modeling; and Safe Drinking Water Act Hands On. Click here for registration information.

Senior Center Happenings: Clinton County

Senior center directors throughout our region work hard each day to create various social opportunities for their members. Here, Clinton County seniors pose for a group photo during the Valentine's Day party that was held at the center last week.

City of Russell Springs Receives ADF Grant 

The City of Russell Springs has received an Area Development Fund (ADF) grant for $42,188.32. The city will purchase two 2018 Transit 150 LR vans, which will be leased to Senior Services at the Regional Kitchen for the purpose of meal delivery to senior citizens. Pictured, left to right: Darryl McGaha, Russell Springs Mayor Eric Selby, and Jeric DeVore.

LCADD Seats 2018 Board of Directors

The Lake Cumberland Area Development District (LCADD) held its first Board of Director’s meeting of the year in January.

During the meeting, board officers for 2018 were elected as follows:  Columbia Mayor Curtis Hardwick, Chairman; Cumberland County Judge-Executive John Phelps, Jr., Vice Chairman; Green County Judge-Executive John Frank, Secretary; and McCreary County Citizen Member Allan Chapman, Treasurer.

In addition to board officers, the following were appointed to the executive committee: Science Hill Mayor Bill Dick; Wayne County Judge-Executive Mike Anderson; Albany Mayor John “Nicky” Smith; Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young; Russell County Judge-Executive Gary Robertson; and Adair County Citizen Member Sharon Payne.  As immediate past chairman, Eddie Wesley, Casey County Citizen Member, will also serve on the executive committee.

Three new citizen members were appointed to the LCADD Board, including Andrea Waggener, representing Adair County, Matt Murphy, representing Casey County, and Richard Troxell, representing Pulaski County.

The following were reappointed as citizen members: Jay Shofner, representing Green County; Allan Chapman, representing McCreary County; and June McGaha, representing Russell County.

The following leaders were appointed to head LCADD committees: Casey County Judge-Executive Randy Dial, Chairman of the Water Council Committee; McCreary County Judge-Executive Doug Stephens, Chairman of the Revolving Loan Fund Committee (RLF); and Taylor County Judge-Executive Eddie Rogers, Chairman of the Transportation Committee.

Mayor Curtis Hardwick and Mayor John “Nicky” Smith will serve on the Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts (KCADD).

Central Kitchen Prepares and Delivers Thousands of Meals Each Month

Roger York, Central Kitchen Manager, and Robin Lawless, Assistant Manager, arrive at LCADD’s Central Kitchen each day at 4:00 a.m. to begin the task of preparing and then distributing hundreds of meals to senior center facilities located throughout the Lake Cumberland region.

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